administrative team

 

John Stradaexecutive director

michelle solla, assistant director, electronics coordinator

Anthony Miranda, media

dennis siller, media

design team

 

chad moore, esq., director, design and program coordinator

william woodward, design

paul nalesnik, battery caption head, arranger

ian hale, front ensemble arranger

Jaime Holly, visual design

tom gasparrinivisual choreography design, program consultant

Colin McNutt, Program Consultant

micah kasman, design consultant

 

 

Battery instructional team

brad schoener, snare technician

omi batan, snare technician

Patrick McHale, snare technician

alex beltran, tenor technician, battery instructor

Joe Ciancimino, tenor technician, battery instructor

mark monaghan, bass technician

Emmy McMaster, Cymbal Technician

jobin george, Cymbal Technician

nicole barnes, cymbal consultant

Lauryn Heller, Body/Movement Design

brad donoris, visual technician

Front Ensemble Instructional team

dave osworth, front ensemble caption head, staff coordinator

Lindsey Hartfelder, front ensemble technician

audrey griffin, front ensemble technician

Angela Bongiovanni, front ensemble technician

andrew monteiro, front ensemble technician

Kyle McKay, Front Ensemble technician

Taylor Yozwiak, Front Ensemble technician

DR. Iain moyer, front ensemble consultant

 

Scroll below for staff biography information

 


administrative team

JOHN STRADA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNITED PERCUSSION AND ARTS

John has served as Executive Director for United since its inception in 2003. He is currently the percussion caption head and arranger for Buena Regional High School. John served as the director for Eagle Percussion from 1999-2002. John's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science-Accounting; Bachelor of Science-Finance; and a Bachelor of Science-Marketing from Drexel University. John also attended Rowan University and received a Post-Bachelor Certification for Secondary Education. John's other teaching experience includes Haddon Heights High School from 1999-2001 and Collingswood High School from 1996-2000.

 

 

MICHELLE SOLLA

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF UNITED PERCUSSION
ELECTRONICS COORDINATOR

Michelle Solla has been on the United staff since the 2012 season. Michelle was a 4 year member with United from 2008-2011 and played Keyboards, Vibraphone and sampler. In the fall of 2011, she joined the marching band staff at Quakertown High School teaching their front ensemble. Her marching career started in 2002 as a member of the Wissahickon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. While there, she was drum major and awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. She then continued her education at Drexel University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She currently works in retail merchandising and inventory control for a leading technology company.

 


DESIGN TEAM

CHAD MOORE, ESQ.

DIRECTOR OF UNITED PERCUSSION
DESIGN AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Chad began his marching career with the 15-time Atlantic Coast Champion Middle Township High School Marching Band. In 1993, Chad marched snare with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Chad currently teaches and arranges for Middle Township High School. During his span with MTHS, they won 15 Atlantic Coast Championship titles including 7 straight seasons, 4 percussion titles and 8 top three percussion placements. MTHS also won 3 TIA titles during that span, including 2 undefeated seasons. In 2001, Chad joined the two time WGI PIO finalist Riptide Indoor Percussion Ensemble as the battery instructor. From 2002-2003, Chad served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the 2002 WGI Mid-Atlantic Regional finalist and 2003 TIA PSO bronze medalist Archbishop Ryan. Chad has been with United since its inception. In that span, United has won 3 World Championship medals, including the 2007 Independent Open World Championship. Chad has been a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board since 2003 and is a current member of the Vic Firth Education team. Chad's educational background includes a B.A. and J.D. from Rutgers University. He practices civil law in New Jersey and is an equity partner in the law firm Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas.

 

 

WILLIAM WOODWARD

DESIGN

Woody is currently the acting Band Director and Instrumental Music Teacher for Winslow Township High School. His recent achievements include: 2006 Marching Unit Director, Hatboro- Horsham High School- Cavalcade of Bands American Division Champions; 2006-07 Music & Percussion Arranger, Spring-Ford HS, Royersford, PA- Atlantic Coast Championship Group IV, 2004-07 Indoor Percussion Director, Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS- Cavalcade of Bands Indoor Percussion Champions, 2004-06 Arranger & Percussion Instructor, Hammonton HS, USSBA Group I State Champions. Woody has been a performer, Caption Head, composer and arranger for the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, Bushwhackers Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps, United Percussion, and Riptide Indoor Percussion. Woody has also taught percussion and drum lines for Upper Moreland HS, West Chester University, Southern Regional HS, Highland HS, and Pennsauken HS. He is also an independent composer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles in PA, NJ, GA, TN , FL & CA. 

 

 

paul nalesnik

battery caption head and arranger

Paul Nalesnik is a freelance percussionist and educator based out of central New Jersey. He is currently the Battery Arranger and Caption Head for United Percussion, Percussion Coordinator/Battery Arranger for the Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps, and Tenor tech at the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Paul also served as Battery Coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. In addition to teaching drum corps, he also was the Caption Head and Arranger for the Rutgers University Drumline from 2012 until 2016. Paul is also Adjunct
Percussion Teacher at Immaculata High School, and was a Percussion Consultant for the Arlington (NY) High School Marching Band.

His music career began in 6th grade, moving through high school where he earned the principal position in New Jersey All State Wind Ensemble, and was also a member of the All State Orchestra and Symphonic Band. He then found his passion in marching as a tenor player for United Percussion in 2009 and 2010.  He later went on to march quads for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2011 and 2012. He was a featured performer at PASIC in 2012 with the Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2013, he received second place at the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and received first place at the 2014 PAS Kosa NY Chapter Snare Drum Competition. Paul is also credited with playing snare drum on the Wu-Tang Clan album “40th Street Black”. In addition to teaching, he published a snare drum solo book through Bachovich publications, entitled “The Rutgers Solos”. Paul had the privilege of studying under many gifted teachers, including Joseph Tompkins, Paul Rennick, Ken Riehman, Kyle Zerna, Javier Diaz, Mike Truesdell, and Mike Hodges.

 

 

IAN HALE

FRONT ENSEMBLE ARRANGER

Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He is currently the Percussion Director and Arranger for Spirit of America from Orleans, Massachusetts.

Ian has worked with and arranged for many fine ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School Band, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts and spent 9 years on the percussion staff for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ian is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Remo Inc. and Zildjian Corporation.

 

 

jaime holly

visual design

Jaime Holly is a full time drill designer and visual instructor living in Long Beach, CA with his wife Rebekah and daughter Parker. He began his marching career in the soprano line of the Concord Blue Devil B Corps in 1989, moving to the World Champion A Corps in 1991 through 1993. He returned to the Blue Team in 1997 where he is currently a visual instructor and drill writer. His affinity for mathematical problems can be traced through his BS from Fresno State in Math. Jaime earned a teaching credential from Cal State Hayward and was a math teacher at James Logan High School before he decided to give it up for the fame and fortune of drill writing. Jaime is the visual caption head and designer for several award winning high schools in BOA and WBA, as well as independent non-profit organizations in DCI and WGI. He has also served on the DCI Task Force. Currently, he has the pleasure of working with the Soka Renaissance Vanguard from Tokyo, Japan. Some of the groups he has had the opportunity to work with are: Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Upland High School, Fountain Valley High School, Legacy High School, Haltom High School, Colleyville Heritage High School, Desert Vista High School, Winston Churchill High School, Clovis West High School, James Logan High School, Freelancers Indoor Drumline, Black Knights Indoor Drumline, and the El Diamonte Indoor Colorguard.

 

 

tom gasparrini

visual choreography design and program consultant

Tom Gasparrini is an in-demand instructor, consultant, and arranger in the marching percussion world. Currently he serves as the Battery Coordinator at The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio, and as the Director of Percussion for Bellbrook High School.  Additionally, Tom is the Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger at European X of Hilversum, The Netherlands.

He frequently teaches internationally, having traveled to destinations such as Costa Rica, Lithuania, Canada, and The Netherlands.  Recently, Tom has also travelled to Seoul, South Korea and San Francisco to perform with the Tony© and Emmy© award-winning production Blast!. Tom exclusively uses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads.

 

 

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Colin McNutt

program consultant

Colin McNutt has instructed and arranged for the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, and the popular stage production, Blast! He has also written for and instructed The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Magic of Orlando, The Madison Scouts, and The Cadets.

Colin served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is an alumnus and received degrees in Classics and Music Education. Currently, he is the Percussion Director/Arranger for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

Colin is a clinician for Yamaha, Remo, Zildjian, and is a Vic Firth Signature Artist.

 

 

 

 

 

MICAH KASMAN

DESIGN CONSULTANT

Micah's experience in the marching genre has included time as a marching member and a cymbal instructor with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Micah became percussion caption head and percussion arranger for the 2001 and 2002 marching band and indoor percussion seasons at Washington Township High School in New Jersey. His accomplishments as caption head there include 5th place Scholastic A at the 2003 WGI Championships in Dayton, OH. Micah's other teaching experience includes two TIA Championships as a cymbal instructor with Bensalem High School Indoor (PA). Micah's educational background includes a B.S. in Graphic Design Communications from Philadelphia University. His profession as a graphic designer is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.  Micah was recently featured on the new hit TV show "The Taste."


INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

DAVE OSWORTH

FRONT ENSEMBLE CAPTION HEAD

staff coordinator

Dave’s marching career began in high school with the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Marching Band. While in high school, Dave became a member of United Percussion’s front ensemble. Dave marched with the ensemble in 2007-2010, winning the WGI PIO Championship in 2007. Dave went on to march with the Boston Crusaders in 2009 and 2011, serving as the center marimba and section leader of the front ensemble. While with Boston in 2009, Dave was a member of the DCI I&E gold medalist Percussion Ensemble, playing “Affirmation” composed by Andrew Beall. 

During his time in the marching activity, Dave had the great fortune to study under: Andrew Beall, Omar Carmenates, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Ballard, Brian Nozny, Mike Nevin, Tyler Sammons and Ellis Hampton. Dave has his B.S. and M.Ed. from Rutgers University. Dave currently lives in Providence, RI where he works for Brown University. Dave has previously worked with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Edison High School Marching Eagles. Dave is a proud member of the Vic Firth education team.

 

 

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brad schoener

snare technician

Brad is a former member of United Percussion having played snare drum in 2012. He began his marching experience in 2005 with the Bayard Rustin High School marching band. As a senior, Brad auditioned and was selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania nationally in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Snareline. Brad continued on in college to perform from 2009 to 2011, two of these as section leader and center snare, with the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band of West Chester University.

Brad was also a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, followed by the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. Brad has had the good fortune to work with renowned marching percussion educators such as Tom Aungst and Neil Larrivee. After aging-out of DCI, Brad served in the role of snare technician for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Brad served as percussionist/stage manager of the internationally award-winning “Cocoa Rhythm Factory” at Hersheypark. Brad recently received a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Chester University in Music Education and Percussion Performance.

Brad is currently preparing for his fourth year as percussion coordinator and arranger for the award-winning Marple Newtown High School Tiger Marching Band in Newtown Square, PA. He has served as percussion coordinator and snare technician with many groups in the surrounding area such as Bayard Rustin High School, Spring-Ford High School, Coatesville Area Senior High School, Downingtown West High School, and East Pennsboro High School.

 

 

omi batan

snare technician

Omi's background includes marching with The University of Connecticut, The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps, The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and aging out with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. Omi also marched with United Percussion in 2012 on snare drum. He has taught at various organizations including Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corps in the DCA circuit, and with various high school and college percussion programs including Norwalk High School, Stamford High School and the University of New Haven Marching Band where he was the Assistant Director and Battery arranger. Most recently, Omi was the snare tech for Cadets Winter Percussion in 2015, 2016, and United Percussion in 2017.

 

 

 

 

patrick mchale

snare technician

Patrick is thrilled to be joining the United Percussion staff for his first season in 2018. He marched with United in 2014, and is coming full circle with his addition to the staff this year. 

Patrick has been a member of the Rutgers University Drumline for the past four years, and was section leader for three, working with United's Battery Caption Head and Arranger Paul Nalesnik. He was also a member of Cadets Winter Percussion in 2015. 

Pat began his drum corps career in 2012, marching with the 7th Regiment until 2013. He then joined the snareline at The Cadets for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, where he was section leader and center snare for his final two years. 

Patrick is now on staff at The Cadets for their 2017 season as snare technician, and will be on the road with the corps for the summer's entirety. 

Pat is a recent graduate of the Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick, where he majored in marketing. He is excited to be able to continue his teaching career with United during this exciting stage in his life. 

 

 

alex beltran

Tenor Technician/Battery Instructor

A current graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Alex is quickly making a name for himself in the world of marching percussion. After spending a third of his life as a member of drum and bugle corps and marching bands, he is making the transition into educator and arranger; holding teaching positions at both The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the UMass Minuteman Marching Band.

As a member, Alex showed both his drumming and leadership capabilities by serving as section leader of The Cadets battery from 2012 to 2014, helping lead the group to the prestigious Fred Sanford High Percussion award in the 2013 season. Alex began his career in percussion as a drumset player in Stamford, Connecticut, gaining local attention and playing gigs in prestigious New York City clubs including The Bitterend and Crash Mansion. He began his path in Drum and Bugle Corps with the Connecticut Hurricanes from 2008-2010, and marched in The Cadets from 2011-2014 serving as both quad-line and battery section leader for the last three years. While at UMass, Alex has also been able to grow as an arranger, working with both the UMass drumline and the UMass Marimba bands and ensembles.

 

 

joe ciancimino

Tenor Technician/Battery Instructor

Joe is excited to be joining the staff at United Percussion for his first season in 2018. Joe was previously a member of United Percussion in 2011 and is excited to be back with the group. 

Joe began his drum corps marching career with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010. He played tenors for the group for the 2010 and 2011 prior to becoming a member of The Cadets.  As a member of The Cadets, Joe stayed with The Cadets through his age-out summer in 2013, and was a part of the percussion section that claimed the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Joe previously was Battery Caption Head at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA, where he had taught from 2012-2016. His other teaching experiences include The Cadets, where he serves as one of the tenor technicians, as well as The Cadets2, where he maintains the role of Percussion Caption Supervisor. In 2016, Joe helped lead the Cadets2 to their first percussion title as well as the group's first championship. Joe has also worked as a percussion adjudicator in varied circuits along the east coast.

Joe currently resides in Norristown, PA. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Temple University and currently works on his career in auditing outside of drum corps. 

 

 

mark monaghan

Bass Technician

Mark began his marching career at Cumberland Regional High School in Cumberland County, New Jersey. After graduating, he went on to march bass at United Percussion in 2012 and 2013. During the 2012 season, he was given the opportunity to march for The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he remained until 2014. Mark then went on to become a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2014 and aged out with the corps in 2015. Mark has also participated in the Rutgers University Drumline for multiple years. Currently, Mark teaches the percussion section at Edison High School and the Rutgers University Drumline.

 

 

emmy mcmaster

CYMBAL technician

Emmy is excited to be joining the staff of United Percussion for the 2018 season! Emmy started her marching career with Timber Creek Regional High School in 2010, where they were WGI Scholastic A class World Champions, as well as a 2011 A Class finalist. in 2013, Emmy went on to march with United Percussion. During this time, she also taught Fair Lawn and Edison High Schools. During her college years, she was a part of the Rutgers cymbal line for three years, where she has had many great opportunities to perform at large events, like the Super Bowl. She graduated in 2016 from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Communication. Currently, she is living in Brooklyn, New York and working for an advertising software company. She is thrilled to be returning to the activity to teach at the ensemble that drove her to pursue marching in the first place.

 

 

 

 

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NICOLE BARNES

CYMBAL consultant

Nicole is a former member of United Percussion who spent 4 seasons (2011-2014) with the group. During her age-out in 2014, Nicole was helping out as a part-time instructor for the cymbal line until she eventually joined as a visual performer in the show. She graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 2010. That summer, she marched her first season of drum corps with the Jersey Surf. After taking a hiatus, Nicole marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and was the cymbal instructor in 2014 and 2015. Nicole was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Drumline for 4 seasons.

Nicole has taught and consulted at a variety of high schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, both as a visual and cymbal instructor, most recently at Ridley and Rancocas Valley Regional High Schools. Nicole attends the University of North Texas, studying Speech Language Pathology. 

 

 

lindsey hartfelder

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN

Lindsey Hartfelder is an active percussion performer, arranger, and educator in the Amherst, MA area, and she received degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Entrepreneurship from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lindsey started her marching career with the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012, and performed with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps front ensemble during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. She also performed with the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band percussion section from 2012 to 2015 under the instruction of Thom Hannum, and was an assistant front ensemble instructor in the 2016 season. During the 2016 summer she served as an intern with Vic Firth Company, and in the past year she has performed in So Percussion’s A Gun Show, the Boston premiere of Inuksuit by John Luther Adams, and in Dr. Iain Moyer and Jason Ihnat’s PASIC 2016 clinic on front ensemble arranging and instructing. She recently received a research grant from the Commonwealth Honors College for her research on modern percussion performance practice.

Lindsey is excited to be pursuing her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Delaware this upcoming fall, where she will be the marching percussion teaching assistant for the marching band, and she is currently teaching the Jersey Surf front ensemble for the 2017 season.

 

 

AUDREY GRIFFIN

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN

Audrey has been a part of United Percussion and our Front Ensemble since her sophomore year of high school. She started in 2009, rejoined in 2011 and continued through to 2016. Audrey began her percussion training in 2007 with Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Under the direction of David Britton, her school took home the national championship title in USBands group 3 open, in 2010 and 2011. She also marched in the Raiders Drum and Bugle corps in 2011 through 2013. Audrey has worked her way to becoming center marimba in every ensemble she has marched. She volunteers to teach high schools all over the tri-state area as a performance consultant, including the Front Ensembles of J.P. Stevens High School and Westfield High School.

 

 

Angela bongiovanni

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN

Angela grew up outside of Reading, Pennsylvania where she began her marching career with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps from the years of 2012 to 2014. The following two summers she competed in Drum Corps International, playing both vibraphone and marimba for Carolina Crown. Her time performing in WGI included a year with Cadets Winter Percussion in 2016 and her age out in 2017 with United Percussion.

Angela lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and works at Temple University where she studies the neurological underpinnings of addiction. She has recently received degrees in both psychology and neuroscience. Presently, she is the front ensemble coordinator for Downingtown West High school and a technician for the Cadets 2 front ensemble. 2018 will be Angela’s first year teaching United Percussion, and she is looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Northeast’s home team. 

 

 

ANDREW MONTEIRO

front ensemble technician

Andrew Monteiro began his marching career in 2009 when he joined the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble. He went on to become a member of The Cadets in 2010 and stayed with the corps through his age-out in 2011, winning the corps' tenth DCI World Championship. Andrew has taught and arranged for several high school marching bands and indoor drumlines in the Mid-Atlantic region including the award-winning South Brunswick Marching Band and more recently Old Bridge High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline. 

He has been the Front Ensemble Caption Supervisor for Cadets2 since the corps' establishment in 2012. He has been the Front Ensemble Arranger, Coordinator and Sound Designer for Cadets Winter Percussion since 2014, where they won the Independent Open World Championship in their inaugural year. He has also been on staff with The Cadets Front Ensemble since 2014. He has studied under many accomplished instructors including Iain Moyer, Jason Inhat, Mike Zellers, Jim Ancona and Tom Aungst. In addition, Andrew studied at New York University under Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar and Josh Quillen and is a graduate from NYU with a degree in Economics. 2018 will be Andrew's second year with United Percussion. 

 

 

kyle mckay

front ensemble technician

Kyle is ecstatic to be joining the United Percussion staff to teach the front ensemble this year! He is passionate about teaching and performing in the field of percussion and is excited to build upon these experiences with such a talented group. 

Kyle began his marching career at Upper Darby High School from 2009-2013, winning a gold medal in 2013 at the WGI World Championships. He went on to play marimba for the Reading Buccaneers in 2014 where him and his corps won gold overall and highest percussion. In 2015, Kyle played marimba in The Cadets. He began teaching the front ensemble at Cadets 2 in November 2016, and is excited to maintain that role. Kyle is also the percussion arranger for several high school programs in his area and is excited about moving further into that realm of the activity in his future. 

Kyle will be graduating this December with a degree in Music Education from Penn State University. Here, Kyle studied percussion under Dan Armstrong and Gifford Howarth. With their help, Kyle was able to become the recipient of 6 different distinguished awards for his solo performances in is four years at Penn State. He is excited to be student teaching high school band and elementary general music this fall in the Spring-Ford Area School District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Yozwiak

Front Ensemble Technician

Throughout his performing career, Taylor has won numerous awards for outstanding musicianship. These awards include the 2012 Vic Firth Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Talent in the Arts Scholarship from the University of Massachusetts, and the “Semper Fidelis” award for Musical Excellence presented by the Marine Corps League.  As the Timpanist for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Taylor won a World Championship with the Corps in 2011 and was awarded the Cadets Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Most recently, Taylor was a prize-winning soloist in the 2015 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition and was honored to be featured as a Vic Firth artist and educator.

As an educator, Taylor has led and arranged for programs at the high school and collegiate level in Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida. Taylor also spent four years as a percussion staff member with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2016. Taylor has since been on staff as a Front Ensemble Instructor for The Boston Crusaders.

Taylor completed his Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the Frost School of Music. During this time, Taylor studied with world-renowned percussionist Svet Stoyanov, directed the Miami “Frost Band of the Hour” Drumline, and performed throughout the rich musical scene in Miami. After graduating from The University of Miami, Taylor moved to Orlando, Florida to work as the Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Percussion Studies at William R. Boone High School. During this time, Taylor maintained an active performance schedule throughout central and southern Florida while appearing with groups such as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Having worked as a musician, educator, and arranger throughout the country, Taylor originally grew up in Columbia, Maryland. As of August 2017, Taylor returned home to begin working as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands/Director of Marching Percussion at Towson University.

 

 

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dr. iain moyer

front ensemble consultant

Dr. Iain Moyer returns for 2018 to the United Percussion team as a Front Ensemble consultant. He brings to the UP team a diverse set of pageantry experiences, including arranging and instructing for some of the finest marching bands, drum corps, and indoor percussion ensembles in the country.

Moyer’s previous indoor arranging/teaching/consulting credits include Cadets Winter Percussion, Upper Darby High School, and Muscle Shoals High School. He has also written for prestigious college and high school marching bands across the United States. He also arranged for DCA’s The Cadets2 from 2012-2016.

Iain serves as the Boston Crusaders Front Ensemble arranger since the 2017 season. Iain has served on the Percussion Staff of The Cadets since 2007, where he served as Front Ensemble Arranger from 2009 through 2016. During his time with The Cadets, the corps won their 10th DCI World Championship in 2011 and The Cadets Percussion section received the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance in 2013.

Moyer currently also serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at Widener University. Prior to that appointment, Iain served as the Director of Percussion Studies/Assistant Director of Bands at The University of North Alabama for ten years.  

Iain is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Yamaha Percussion.

 

 

Lauryn Heller

Body/Movement Design

Lauryn has experienced the world of the marching arts from a very young age, particularly because of her mother’s influence. She attributes much of her success to her 8 years performing with the WGI A class finalist Haddon Heights HS “High Voltage” color guard program and its exceptional staff (2002-2009). After high school, Lauryn marched indoor color guard with The Light Brigade (2010), Alter Ego (2011, 2012), and The Black Watch (2014, 2016). Additionally Lauryn marched 6 years in The Cadets Color Guard (2008-2013). Lauryn’s instructional experience includes Haddon Heights HS, Washington Township HS, Surge Independent, The Cadets (2014, 2015), Bushwackers (2016, 2017), Blue Knights (2016, 2017), The Black Watch (2017), and other programs in the New Jersey area. In almost every aspect of her life, Lauryn chooses to dedicate her time and efforts to the growth and support of the youth around her. She has earned an Associate’s degree in social services from Gloucester County College (2012) and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rowan University (2015). By day, Lauryn is a kindergarten aftercare teacher at an elementary school in New Jersey. On nights and weekends, she is working with multiple marching arts organizations. Lauryn does hope to continue her education in psychology so that she may follow her passion of helping others. 2018 is Lauryn's second year with the UP team.

 

 

 

brad donoris

visual technician

Brad has been an active educator and visual designer of the marching arts for over 20 years. His performance experience includes The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (1993-1994), and the Santa Clara Vanguard (1995). He has been involved with many independent groups over the years, including the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Lehigh Valley Knights, Teal Sound, Crossmen, 7th Regiment, and the Boston Crusaders. Currently, he is a consultant for Q Winter Guard, (WGI IO Finalist 2016, 2017), and on the visual team at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2017-Present).

In addition to working with independent groups, Brad has worked with many scholastic ensembles, most recently with visual instruction at King Philip H.S. from Wrentham, MA. Currently, he is the visual designer for Pecos H.S. from Pecos, TX, and Rancocas Valley Regional H.S. from Mt. Holly, NJ.

Brad was involved with United Percussion in 2004 and 2017. 2018 will be Brad’s third year with United.

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